Stanley Cup Finals 2012: 4 Keys for the New Jersey Devils to Conquer LA's Kings

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Stanley Cup Finals 2012: 4 Keys for the New Jersey Devils to Conquer LA's Kings
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Just as everyone expected, the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings will meet in the Stanley Cup finals to decide who takes home professional sports' greatest trophy.

No, just kidding. Very few people expected that at all this season, and even fewer at the beginning of the playoffs, when the two teams were seeded sixth and eighth in their respective conferences. Now, whoever wins will become the highest-seeded Cup champion ever.

Each team has put together a magnificent run so far: the Kings have glided through to the Finals, dispatching the West's top-three seeds in order. They have yet to lose any of the first three games of a series, and even swept the league's best defensive team in St. Louis.

Meanwhile, after stumbling through a seven-game, first-round bout with the Panthers, the Devils have put up impressive performances against their two biggest rivals, the Flyers and Rangers. Though not playing nearly as dominantly as the Kings, they were able to win four-straight after losing Game 1 to the Flyers, and won three-straight against the East's best Rangers.

Both teams have looked scary-good at times (especially the Kings), but neither team has looked infallible (except maybe the Kings).

When the two teams meet, it's hard to say who will come out victorious. It's probably safe to say there will be a lot of fast-paced, hard-nosed hockey, but who hoists the Cup?

Here are four things the Devils must do to take momentum in their favor.

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